A big hello to all our golfing friends from the sizzling Algarve!
What a fantastic spring we’ve had, the Algarve was once again voted the No1 golfing destination. Numbers are up 15% on last year. Be aware that all of the premium courses need to be booked early this Autumn, so what are you waiting for!
We had the pleasure of welcoming back a number of groups who had disappeared for a little while. The Alliance Group and Brian Williams were back after 4 years. They sampled our new partner courses over the border in Spain. This Autumn sees the return of the Dunne Group for their fourth consecutive year, we are getting ready for them right now in Monte Gordo. See you soon guys.
In other news the Eastern Algarve and Huelva courses have maintained their prices more or less with some courses doing even better deals than last year. Villas courses at Castro Marim are now a very popular choice for golfing families. Apart from the typical resort facilities this destination is excellent value and the courses are in superb condition all year round.
Our new partner courses over the border in Spain are proving very popular choices. El Rompido and Nova Portil are 30 minutes drive from the resort of Monte Gordo. Both are 5* resorts and they are brilliant as a base and for golf. Lamonacilla a little further is also a great choice and should be included in all itineraries.
Monte Rei is still the No 1 golf course in Portugal by a long shot. If you haven’t played this course you are missing a superb golfing experience. It’s not an expensive course compared to others on the Algarve and with careful planning it can be built in to any reasonable golf package budget.
Benamor golf and its “Classics” are better than ever and can be now rated as a must play course. Cima and Ria golf courses are as always extremely popular and need to be booked early this year to avoid disappointment.
Quinta da Vale is now showing the benefits of all the hard work put in over the past year and again it is considered the ultimate golf challenge in the region. Scoring on this course needs all your attention and concentration, Seve showed no mercy with this great design.
The course at Castro Marim is another great golfing challenge and super off either of the three nines. Peter O‘Connor is the resident Pro and always available to sort out any swing or short game problems.
Our base hotels in Monte Gordo are at the Dunamer and Yellow. Both are still popular with all the tours and we are glad to be able to accommodate our clients in these wonderful 4* establishments through the season.
Our alternative accommodation is located at the 4* Vila Gale in Tavira. This is still proving popular and we are delighted to have theme on board again this season.
Best wishes to all travelling this year, it will be a pleasure to provide our usual first class service to our clients.
For any more information or quotes please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Gerry O Connor
O Connor Golf Tours